I have long thought that Arafat was a one trick pony who didn’t have the ability to truly become the leader he would need to be to bring real peace. Too many years as a terrorist and little to none as a real diplomat. But the reality is that you cannot always dictate who you want to negotiate with. Sometimes you are stuck with a pseudo-partner because that is all you have,
So you play the hand that you are dealt and deal with it.
Israel has been preparing a number of plans of action for how to deal with the Post-Arafat world for some time now. But it remains to be seen just what is going to happen and what kind of vacuum will be created in the void that he most assuredly will leave.
Who is going to step up, who will be pushed to the forefront and what impact will that have on peace. Interesting questions for interesting times.